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Dad Accused of Driving Drunk With Son in Car Has Been Convicted Before
MIAMI TOWNSHIP -- Miami Township Police are commending concerned employees at a Steak and Shake, after they called 911 because they thought a man was driving drunk, with his 13-year-old son in the back seat.
Officers arrested 38-year-old Michael Valiante, after they say he was driving while intoxicated.
As it turns out, that wasn't the first time he was in the back seat of a cruiser for an OVI.
"There is a drunk guy in our drive-thru, it looks like he has an 11 or 12-year-old girl, it's a boy I'm sorry, and he has an open container in the car as well," said the caller to 911 dispatchers.
Employees at this Steak and Shake in Miami Township made that call to 911 dispatchers after they say this man, 38-year-old Michael Valiante, went through their drive-thru overnight and seemed to be intoxicated.
"She can smell alcohol on him and stuff," said the caller.
"I think they did the right thing yes," said Darlene Neff.
Our cameras caught Miami Township officers giving Valiante the field sobriety test.
After, police put him in handcuffs and took him to jail.
He told police he was simply driving around the corner because he and his son were hungry.
"I don't think anyone who's drinking, I don't care how hungry they are, they shouldn't be driving with their kid in the car," said Neff.
Meanwhile, Valiante's 13-year-old son sat in the back seat of his car.
"Obviously raises the stakes even more not just your safety that's put at risk or the drivers but of your child," Christopher Clifford.
Turns out, this isn't the first time Valiante has been arrested for an OVI.
In 2010, he was convicted in Xenia Municipal Court and sentenced to two years probation, 3 days in jail, and a 177 day jail suspension as long as he wasn't convicted of a similar crime in the next six years.
His arrest last night was just 3 years later.
Drivers we spoke to are proud that some concerned employees took action.
"Public safety is something that we should all be concerned about and you shouldn't just simply rely on the next person to do the right thing," said Clifford.
Valiante now sits in the Montgomery County Jail.
He faces several charges including OVI and child endangering.
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